To get the most powerful rocket the ground world, it takes a very strong push of its thrusters. And NASA has successfully tested the drivers prepared for this by connecting them with full power – and all this without taking it off the ground.
The rocket thruster appear to function as expected during the test. To know exactly how it was the performance, of course, we will need to wait for the engineers dismantle it to make the necessary observations. But the images show a test that was virtually flawless:
Two of these drivers will be placed on the rocket SLS NASA when it makes its first test flight in 2018. NASA puts its hopes for a future mission to Mars in this rocket SLS – but before the agency must prove that the rocket is ready to be taken from the ground. During preparation, NASA has been testing piece by piece rocket separately.
The engine was tested in August last year, but the thrusters may be even more important for a large rocket like SLS. When he is finally released, more than 75% of the power that it needs to get out of our atmosphere will come from propellants.
In the recent test, the propellant burned for two minutes, the same amount of time it will need to run to the rocket SLS up from the ground when it is put into action.
This is the second time that the propellant rocket is tested. The first was in March and showed that he could not only run for two minutes at full power, as could also do this at the highest temperatures must face during launch. The test now found that the propellant on its lower temperatures – 4 degrees Celsius. Although the propellant remain fairly cold, the temperatures within the propellant exceeded 3,000 degrees Celsius during the test .
The test was postponed for a while as NASA solved a computer system problem, but it turned out an hour after scheduled. And, boy, it was spectacular.